Life and work
Rea lived since his childhood in Rome, where he also studied at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia piano. His debut as a jazz pianist, he had in 1975 "Trio di Roma " by Roberto Gatto. He also played in other groups of Gatto, as in the 1980s in the successful band " Lingomania " and was on his albums " Notes" of 1986 ( Duo ) " Improvvisi " of 1989. Also in 2007 he appears in a trio with Gatto on. In the same year 1989, he participated in the performance of the " Requiem by Pier Paolo Pasolini " by Roberto De Simone at the theater of San Carlo in Naples. As a jazz musician he has also played with musicians such as Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield and Joe Lovano. In the 1990s he played in the group " Doctor 3", whose album "The Tales of Doctor 3" was recognized in 1998 as the best Italian jazz album, and also the subsequent album of the band "The songs REMAIN the same" was awarded in 1999.
Danilo Rea plays not only jazz, but is also active in pop music and accompanied singers such as Mina, Claudio Baglioni and Pino Daniele.
In 2007, he participated (including with Furio Di Castri and Gianluca Petrella ) on the performance of " Uomini in frac " the pop-jazz group " Avion Travel ". In his solo CD " Lirico " ( Egea Records 2007), he interprets opera melodies about by Giacomo Puccini. 2001 was the album Opera (ACT, 2011) in a duo with Flavio Boltro.
In 2004 he received the Django d' Or ( Italy) as " Established Musicians ".